MCM Free Community Christmas Dinner (Volunteers Needed!)
Manitowoc Cooperative Ministry (MCM) is a unique ministry of Peace United Church of Christ and First Presbyterian Church. We believe that even amid a Pandemic, people still deserve a special Christmas. So our Christmas Community Dinner on December 16, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM is still on. It will be different and this is where we need your help!
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
- ELVES — We need elves to take orders and deliver meals to cars. We are looking at three 30 minutes shifts. Each shift needs at least 12 volunteers (you could work more than one shift). Elves will be masked and have temperatures taken before their shift starts. Costumes encouraged!
- RUNNERS — We 4 people who can run food from the kitchen to our temporary serving kitchen in the Church Library. They can take 30 minutes shifts or work the whole night.
- GIFT BAGS — We need folks to create gifts bags for the kids. We estimate 100 might be needed in this way. They can have toys, sweets, storybook, ornament, etc… One bag “fits” all is the easiest. If you or your group could make/sponsor these that would be great! We don’t know what the cost would be.
- CLEAN UP — Clean-up will be different this year as will not have dishes from 230 diners to wash. But we still need a crew that wash, clean, sanitize.
- SET UP — Set will be done earlier in the day on Wednesday, Dec 16. We will be turning our Church Library into a warming/serving kitchen for the night so we can serve from a place right next to the Parking Lot.
- DONATIONS — This year we are looking raise $15,000! The cost has gone up as we need to take out containers of various shapes and sizes every week, We have had to buy new equipment and the big thing is we need to replace the old carpeting in the Dining Room (hopefully with tile).
Join us for our first ever Virtual Cardboard City!
November 1st to November 14th
Join us for this year’s Cardboard City event, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, The Haven, and Hope House. All 3 agencies are working to help the homeless in our community.
Cardboard City is a homeless experience where individuals, families or groups will spend the night in cardboard boxes, simple tents, or in their own car to experience what many homeless families and individuals go through. A simple meal will be served for dinner and there will be activities, entertainment and presentations throughout the evening.
If you are interested in attending this event please contact Stephanie at email@example.com!
See details at: Cardboard City 2020
Missed the deadline to sign up to participate? Fear not! You still can! Participants still have the opportunity to participate and help raise money toward homelessness as Hope House, Habitat for Humanity, and The Haven partner together to help our community.
Prizes will be awarded to the team or individual with the most money raised and the best cardboard shelter.
Even if you can’t participate this year, give us a share so we can keep fighting this fight together and bring awareness. You can share — and sign up — by clicking on this Facebook page:
PLEASE VOLUNTEER for the Semi-Annual
Point In Time Outreach Event!
A coalition of local agencies and volunteers will be conducting the Point In Time Street Count in Manitowoc, Door, Kewaunee, & Sheboygan Counties over the night of Thursday, August 13, 2020. The focus of the count is to identify people who might be residing on the streets, in cars, campgrounds, under bridges or similar places. Please let us know prior to the Count If you are aware of locations in the community where homeless people are sheltering. Services needed to help the homeless in our communities are a result of identifying these households. The information gathered is used at the state and federal levels to allocate resources for individuals and households requiring homelessness assistance. (See FAQ below.)
2 hour shifts are available between 4AM – 6AM and 6PM – 8PM, Thursday, August 13
NOTE: We ask that you provide your own car due to COVID-19 precautions. We will require masks, frequent hand-washing and social distancing.
Training will be provided before the count
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
SIGN UP HERE!
Right click and fill out the information on your preferred county Google Form. Thank you so much!
♦ Manitowoc County: Manitowoc Google Form — Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions
♦ Sheboygan County: Sheboygan Google Form — Call Sheboygan LCAP at 920.694.0042 with questions
We will sweeten the offer for Sheboygan Co volunteers. For anyone that signs up, stop in at Rage Fitness Aug. 17th -22nd for a free week, just mention you did the PIT count!
♦ Door County: Door Google Form — Email email@example.com with questions
♦ Kewaunee County: Kewaunee Google Form — Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions
Right click for answers to: FAQ’s
Be Part of the “No Wrong Door” Solution
In addition, we are requesting assistance from the community to help us identify locations where suspected homeless people may be staying. If your business is aware of people that do not have shelter or you are a concerned citizen who might have spotted someone you suspect is homeless, please contact us. We can offer assistance and referrals for shelter. Again, please let us know prior to the Count If you are aware of locations in the community (parked car, parks, etc.) where people are staying so we can find these vulnerable people and offer them services.
People experiencing or at risk of homelessness may find housing and get connected to community-based resources through Coordinated Entry. In most counties in Wisconsin, you can get help at agencies that assist homeless people and/or people in poverty. Lakeshore CAP, covering 4 counties, is among those agencies displaying the “No Wrong Door” welcome poster.
Donate Locally to Help the Homeless!
Lakeshore CAP’s Supportive Housing Program in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Door & Kewaunee Counties has case managers who assist eligible homeless individuals and households — or those at risk of becoming homeless — maintain housing and work towards self-sufficiency. While we receive HUD grant monies, we also rely on private and fund-raiser donations to further our goals in the communities we serve. Please DONATE on this site to help Lakeshore CAP combat homelessness and give our fellow citizens a hand up. Thank you!
2020 LAKESHORE CAP 0.5K “RACE!”
Watch HERE for news on the 2020 “Race for the Rest of Us,” a fun run to benefit Lakeshore CAP’s programs throughout our communities!
ABOUT THE, UM, RACE
This, um, race may be the most grueling of your life. This tongue-in-cheek event is geared to the classic underachiever, who wants to participate in an, um, athletic competition and train for it by sleeping in late, eating donuts and drinking beer. We’ll celebrate ALL abilities and underachievers − and you’ll have bragging rights for participating in the punishing 546.8 yard/1640 feet event! PLUS, you’ll be raising money for a local cause!
Sponsor or Have Fun Volunteering at this Event!
We ARE accepting sponsors for the 2020 Lakeshore CAP 0.5k Race — AND fun volunteers for food, rest stops and cheerleading! Please contact Kate or Colleen at 920-682-3737.
. . . And follow this link to read about Lakeshore CAP and the programs you’ll be, um, “racing” for: https://lakeshorecap.org/
PLEASE LEND YOUR VOICE TO THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE!
Opportunity to Serve on the Lakeshore CoC Steering Committee
Lakeshore CAP is seeking individuals and agencies to help steer and direct funding for those who are homeless in our service area of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties. Currently, there are approximately 60 homeless households waiting for Lakeshore CAP’s housing programs in these areas. The Lakeshore CoC (Continuum of Care) Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
Continuum of Care is a Planning Process
The goal is to understand the size and scope of the problem of homelessness in a community and design effective strategies and solutions to address it. To carry out the purpose of the CoC Program, HUD requires representatives of relevant organizations (e.g., nonprofit organizations, victim services providers, local governments) to form a Continuum of Care to serve a certain geographic area. Specifically, we would like participation from:
- A current or former homeless individual
- Local government officials
- Law enforcement
- CDBG entitlement staff
- Affordable housing developers
- Local hospitals
- Interested community members
PLEASE JOIN US!
Lakeshore CoC Quarterly Meetings
The Lakeshore CoC will meet on a quarterly basis during the months of March, June, September, & December. All members share a common purpose to provide quality services in an effort to end homelessness!
If you are interested or have questions, please call Kate Markwardt, Lakeshore CAP, 920.682.3737